For those of us who are doing scientific research, this could be a nice article to read:
Based on the following article, there are some items that distinguish U.S higher education. I believe the most important one is diversity, other than that they mention accessibility, size, competition and autonomy as a distinguishing feature of U.S. higher education in this article. It is a comprehensive article that covers the number of graduate students, and academic faculty in the U.S and also the current challenges in higher education.
I was searching the web and come up with this book. It is about new methods in education, however, it was written in 1909. I found it interesting: http://books.google.com/books?id=d14oAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
I name it new methods in education in old days.
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